What no one is telling you about crime and justice -- The crime problem -- How much crime is there and who commits it? -- Robbers, rapists, and serial killers: violent crime in America -- Hookers, dopers, and corporate crooks: economic, exploitive, and consensual crime -- Victims and victimization: will you be next? -- Crime and criminal law: order, liberty, and justice for all? -- Why they break the law -- Taking it to the streets: cops on the job -- Pre-trial procedures and plea bargaining: from arrest to "let's make a deal" -- Criminal trials and courtroom issues: convicting the innocent, exonerating the guilty -- Prisons and jails: punishment at any cost? -- Community corrections and juvenile justice -- Conclusion: what every American should know
Criminal prosecutions & trials are normal events in the life cycle of many protest efforts & often have important consequences for the struggle between social movements & their opponents. Even so, social movement & law & society scholars have neglected protest prosecutions & trials since some initial work twenty to thirty years ago. This article discusses the relevance of these legal events for issues in contemporary research & offers several hypotheses for future investigation. More generally, it argues that the study of the social control of social movements will benefit from addressing the criminal proceedings arising from political dissent. References. Adapted from the source document.
Despite the interest-group perspective that women should be more likely than men to support legal abortion, much research finds that women and men hold similar views on this issue. This null relationship has puzzled scholars of abortion attitudes. In an attempt to shed light on this relationship, this paper argues that gender differences in religiosity help explain the lack of a gender difference in abortion attitudes, with religiosity acting as a suppressor variable for the theoretically expected relationship between gender and support for legal abortion. Data from the 2012 General Social Survey support the hypothesis that the expected gender difference in support for legal abortion emerges when religiosity is controlled in multivariate analysis. This result indicates that religiosity is indeed suppressing women's greater support for legal abortion, as anticipated by the interest-group perspective. Final remarks outline directions for future research suggested by the analysis. Adapted from the source document.
Introduction -- Theoretical perspectives -- The organization of law -- Lawmaking -- Law and social control -- Law and dispute resolution -- Law and social change -- The legal profession -- Researching law in society